Perimenopause: The signs and symptoms women should look out for

It is important for women to be aware of perimenopause and the symptoms that come with it because it can be quite an overwhelming stage in your life, so it is best to be prepared.

Perimenopause is the stage before you begin menopause. The length of this stage can rage from a handful of months to ten years.

So, what are the signs and symptoms of perimenopause you should be on the lookout for? 

Hot flashes

Changes to your hormones may result in hot flashes and night sweats. 

Mood swings

Your mood is one of the most notable changes during perimenopause due to your changing hormone levels. Fear not, feeling overly emotional is part of a natural progression towards menopause.

Higher cholesterol levels

It is essential to keep a stern eye on your cholesterol levels during this time as your ‘bad’ cholesterol increases and ‘good’ decreases due to your fluctuating oestrogen levels. Visit your GP for regular checkups.

Loss of libido

There is a chance that you will experience a loss of libido, which can be linked back to the decrease in progesterone production at this stage.

Changes to your period

You may notice that your period is shorter or longer than usual and this is because of your ever-changing oestrogen levels. There could even be months when you don't ovulate at all.

Experts say a woman starts menopause when you have gone through a full year without your period. Always visit a GP if you’re concerned about any symptoms.